NAMI Contra Costa
550 Patterson Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Office: (925) 942-0767
Warmline: (925) 465-3864

In Our Own Voice (IOOV)

Learn about Mental Illness
from People Who Have Been There

In Our Own Voice is a free, 60 - 90 minute presentation by people living with mental illness. The program broadeens people's knowledge of mental illness, replacing misunderstanding, fear and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance.

Pairs of NAMI - trained presenters talk to diverse audiences, such as:

  • Community and civic providers.
  • Law enforcement professionals.
  • Faith communities.
  • Human resource departments.
  • Consumer groups.

To arrange for a presentation
For more information,
contact Tonya Williams: 
(510)381-1556 or

The presentations are about hope, recovery, and stigma.

  • Hear from people who have struggled with disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other severe mental illnesses. These presenters offer insight and hope by their example and testimonials of their experiences.
  • The brief video features consumers speaking about the topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatments, Coping Skills, Successes, and Hopes and Dreams.
  • The presenters also provide opportunity for discussion about each section to enrich the audience's understanding of living with mental illness.

The Audience

  • Any community or civic organization that may be interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.
  • Health care providers who desire strengthened communication with their clients and improved outcomes.
  • Law enforcement officials to increase awareness of and sensitivity to behaviors triggered by mental illness.
  • Faith communities to increase responsiveness to people with mental illnesses who may first turn to their spiritual community for guidance.
  • Students of various age levels, who wish to expand their knowledge of living with mental illness.
  • Consumers in day programs, inpatient settings, support groups, and other community settings who can share, learn, and find hope for successful living.
  • Family and friends who may need further reassurance of the possibility of recovery for their loved ones.

Program Goals:

  • To meet the need for consumer-run education initiatives.
  • To set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there.
  • To offer genuine work opportunities for consumers.
  • To encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters.
  • To focus on recovery and the message of hope.

Presenter Training:

Presenters are people who have overcome great obstacles against great odds, and are now living successful lives, achieving their goals. They've chosen to help spread the word that people with severe mental illness get well and stay well. They give people information about recovery, and also inspiration and hope.

During the training, presenters will practice telling their personal stories, develop facilitation skills, develop story points that will be relevant and meaningful to specific audiences, and develop a professional presentation that they could take to their communities.

It is our hope that individuals will send us possible venue ideas.
Contact the coordinator, Alita Van Hee via the NAMI CC Office at

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Family to Family

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General Contact Info:

Contact Nancy Seibert at or 925-285-5995

Family to Family Education Program is a twelve week, free week-night series for family members and friends of those individuals with mental illnesses.

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Family to Family

Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Danville Family to Family

Contact Information:
Nancy Seibert at or 925-285-5995

Richmond Family to family

Contact Information:
Mujahidun Sumchai at (510) 237-9277 or

De Familia a Familia

Curso gratuito de 12 semanas.
Para mayor información, haga click aquí.

Para mayor información contactar a: Verónica Mc Manus:
(925) 250-4032 ó

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NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people that have mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.

Learn More About
NAMI Connection

When: Saturday's, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Where:John Muir Behavioral Health Center, 2740 Grant Street, Concord, CA 94520
Held in the Lecture Room.

Contact information:
Doug Halpern: doug.halpern@
or (925) 457-8298

Roberto Roman: or (925) 957-5210

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Peer to Peer is a 10 week class for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

Starting Tuesday, September 10, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm
Sutter Delta Medical Center, Antioch

Learn More About
Peer to Peer

You can sign up for a class using the online form or download the Peer to Peer Flyer/Application, fill it out and mail it to:

NAMI Contra Costa
550 Patterson Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Contact information:
NAMI Contra Costa Office
(925) 942-0767

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NAMI CC Care and Support Group
3rd Mondy of each month
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Campus
John Muir Hospital
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Downstairs in the Epstein Conference Room

Park in the free public garage on the La Casa Via side of the hospital.
Facilitated by Sharon Madison and Bob Thigpen.

For more information
or call
925-676-5771 or

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In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

Learn More About
In Our Own Voice

For more information,
contact Alita VanHee:
925.324.9844 or

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NAMI FaithNet is a new information resource for faith communities, NAMI members and community partners and for clergy and congreations of all faith traditions who working together to create welcoming, supportive faith communities for individuals and families living with mental illness.

Contact: Monique Tarver at

Other Community
Support Groups

New Multi-language
Family Assistance

Family assistance for those speaking Spanish:
Veronica Mc Manus, defamiliaafamilia
or call (925) 250-4032

Family assistance for those speaking Mandarin:
You can send an email to and someone will get back to you soon.

New Hope Support Group

New Hope Support Group -

Offering support, education and resources to parents/caregivers of older teens and young adults diagnosed with a mood disorder, (bipolar, depression, anxiety and more). Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at the Lafayette/Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive in Lafayette from 7-9pm.

Contact Annette 510-733-0577 or
Cyndy 925-362-9434 for more information.

Membership in the support group is free and open to the community.

NAMI-CC Writers' Group

The Writers' Group
will not meet
until September

Dual Recovery Anonymous

Dual Recovery Anonymous is a 12 Step self-help program that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. The DRA program helps us recover from both our chemical dependency and our emotional or psychiatric illness by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving the quality of our lives. In a community of mutual support, we learn to avoid the risks that lead back to alcohol and drug use as well as reducing the symptoms of our emotional or psychiatric illness.

Tuesdays 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
John Muir Center for Recovery Classroom B
2730 Grant Street, Concord
Contact: 925.212.2241

Clutterer's Support Group

Overwhelmed by clutter?

ClutterLess is a 510(c)3 non-profit, peer-based, self help support group for people who want to change their cluttering behaior on a deeper level than learning how to organize.

For more information,
please call us at:
or visit or